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a full education for all children. so how do we develop this more holistic approach to learning that supports not only academic attainment but college and career readiness for everyone of our students. thirdly how do we maintain and strengthen key support for our families and students in our community and four, we need to strengthen and diversity the services for our youth in san francisco. that's what we heard from our community as we engaged in this outreach and community input process. the good news is that we were not the only ones conducting these processes. there were a number of groups that also talked about this process in a way. the community coagulation, alliance for arts education. and when you look at what
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really permit aetd through those process there is a lining of common themes of community and creasing evaluation and enhancing and coordination and planning commission and increasing financial certainty and stability and very strongly how do you expand services and leverage resources. so what is our approach as we are speaking and working through the programmatic issues. we are imagining how do we create collective impact for not just the city, no the just the school district, not just the community, but how do we all come together to leverage resources so we are enhancing serves services and addressing coherent services.
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we call that kids first. how do we start with the needs and wants for kids and how do we empower families to access resources in a very very easy way and how do we ensure that equity and authentic shared accountability is the hallmark of everything we do as we go forward. with that, i would like to ask the director of the department of children youth and family maria sue to join me for the next part of this presentation. >> supervisor breed has a question. >> breed
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>>supervisor london breed: i was thinking about how you are going to be providing those services. >> who is going to access the whole paradigm system. we know who they are. they look like me, they look like you and look like students that are homeless, they look like students that are living in poverty. so that is the definition of the equity lens that we were talking about. how we are going to focus and strengthen our resources. >>supervisor london breed: is there a way for you to provide that data so we get a clearer picture of what's happening in the school district? >> sure. we would be happy to provide that data. >> thank you. >>supervisor mark farrell:
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supervisor mar? >>supervisor eric mar: i would like to thank everybody for being here to make services better for our children and families. i have to leave. i have to say that from reading a lot of the material, i would like us to be acknowledging that margaret -- of grass root coalition is the reason we have a revolutionary idea set aside in our city that has helped to support so many incredible non-profit community based organizations and developed new leaders as well and i know supervisor yee was involved with the reauthorization and working in the district with the 90s as well and working with the great coalition and it's specific that the mayor and our district is involved and
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wanted to give props to our community coalition and i went to the mayor's office and the school coalition and within to the grass roots which i felt were really incredible for their energy and especially since the children's fund prop j emerges out of the community and their help is critical. i'm really happy that equity is at the center of it as well as looking more strategically at how we use funds. i worry a little bit when there is involved too much and educators and parents and students and youth are not involved enough. not that there is not now but i worry when there is a focus towards the private sector to address the educational needs. and lastly i want to say that this is connected, i still call it prop h and public education enrichment fund coalition which is great for in and out
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of school as well. as we move forward, my suggestion is that our children, our city and the grass roots coalition engage as much as possible because i know we are going to need everyone to move this forward. i would also want to add that supervisor yee and early childhood education, child care community i'm happy with their involvement of suggestion as well as transitional age youth that so many of the grass roots are really pushing for. i'm strongly supportive for increasing as much as we can the amount of a set aside that goes towards our children and families. also i think though authentic and shared accountability is a shared goal, i support a more community driven oversight body to ensure how voters want as we are developing this so there is a clearer mechanism to ensure this as well. i
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thank you superintendant carranza for the presentation and the work that everyone has put together as well. >> thank you. >> there is a part two to this. yes, the superintendant does deserve an applause because he's really prioritized services and funding for our high needs children in the city. so actually before i -- i should introduce myself. i'm maria, the director for department youth and families. today is the youth advocacy day. today we had well over 175 high school students from our public high schools meeting with department heads and city officials to really share
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their voice and concerns around what can make this city better for them. i would like to thank you for your voice, support and efforts and meeting with them. this you very much for that. >> it's my pleasure to share the podium with our superintendant richard carranza who did an excellent job in framing the process that we have gone thus far. it's now my job to pivot the conversation to share with you the policy recommendations that we want to put forward bfrm i go into that we want to point out a couple of guiding principles constant as we were developing and designing these policy recommendations. the core beliefs came from what we heard the ococ, our children, our cities community input process as well as looking at the other community input reports from our other
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community stakeholders. so as you can see in this chart, it's a little complicated. but what we want to emphasize is we want to hold children and family at the core of everything we do. no. 2, we need to ensure clear roles and responsibility both on the city level as well as on the community level and services provider level. we need a robust data system in which we can share data and be very strategic with how we allocate funds and services. we need high quality staff and investment services and strategies. we need structure to coordinate voice and in a transparent and coherent way. we need to share planning processes that values improvement and innovation. and whatever we create it has to be easy for the end user.
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our end user are our families and children. they need to be able to navigate our system without having to pull out their hair and give up essentially. we have developed a common use outcome that is connected to institutional trust. that is then connected to professional development and capacity. so why should we have greater collaboration. how can this alignment towards one common goal support our children and families and make things better? because if you look at this chart, what you are going to see is we have an astounding number of city departments that currently fund children's services. looking at this you have different departments, human services agencies,
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first five and libraries and that's a large number of departments that are working together to try to improve the outcome for first to five and then we go to young people from kindergarten to 5th grade and we have a number of departments that are putting a lot of resources towards these populations. these are resources that are above and beyond the children's fund dollars and as well as the enrichment k funds and bringing federal dollars to the table. as you can imagine if we were to align the services around core outcomes, can you imagine the impact. i'm not saying our departments are not working together as you ler -- already heard
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from a couple of partnerships. we are working together. the partnerships that we are forming up now are not institutionalized. they are strong because of the people in the leadership position that are really pushing the work. we need a systemic approach to align these systems and services to hopefully ensure that no family, no child will be dropped or fall through cracks. we still struggle to this day to share data. supervisor breed, you asked double time, where is the data? and every time we have to go back and make phone calls and comb through data sets. it's quite complicated. there is no centralized data system and i know this is something supervisor farrell is very concerned about. it's still difficult for us to put together services and
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resources for families and this is something that supervisor avalos has asked many times. where are the services. i have to call around and put together the list. it's complicated. as a system we gather an issue multiple needs assessment and we are out there collecting data and asking parent what's going on and what do you need and every year we issue another report and we lack the tools to really hold us the collective us, the city, the school district us, accountable for the process that we have publically stated toward a common outcome and common goal. each department believes that we are meeting the goals and we are. we are meeting the goals that we have aligned for ourselves. but as a collective body, we are not sure. we believe that we are but we are not sure. there is no way to say that we are. i
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know that supervisor avalos just stepped out. but i wanted to give some examples. i'm sorry. i wanted to give an example of some alignment. but supervisor breed, i know that in your district, you've brought together several city departments from san francisco police department to recreation and parks to dpw and pretty much anyone to really address some of the issues in your district from blight to violence prevention, to ensuring more access to quality programs and more access to schools and school services and through coordination efforts that you have demonstrated an convened, we do have more children's services in your district. we have programming running out of ellis hills, we have a robust center running out of two very strong schools in your district now. we are
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targeting teen programs and prevention programs. can you imagine where we can come together and say we need more services in this city and how we target and allocate. you have an area that is connected right in the back. and we struggle with how do we share information and how do this children get access to the community space right next to their school. >> that's my kid's school. >> exactly. and we've worked with you. how do we make sure that the students at that school and the after school provider align in terms of providing the services for
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the principals, the teachers and the youth need on that school site? >> they have had a lot of success this year with that. so thank you for your help. >> exactly. my point is that it required you convene and you to call and to ensure the system was talking to each other and we were all working together. it required us to call over to mayor's office of housing and community development and real estate to ensure the fields and grounds were going to be clean and the heating system was going to work so we can have a safe space for our children. yet again, imagine if we had a table where these conversations can happen where we can say as a body, we care about this particular issue in your neighborhood or in this particular area. how do we as a city work together to address those things?
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so our basic policy recommendations for the renewal of the children's fund and public education and enrichment fund are as follows.. with the goals of creating more alignment and coordination because we could not continue to work in silos and quite frankly it's not effective and we don't have the time to continue to make these phone calls all the time. these two funds should be renewed as separate independent funds with complimentary language and vision under one ballot. we want to create and need to create a citywide children's outcome framework where we as a city declare our goals for children and families. create a children and family council in which city leadership and community leaders come together for better alignment of coordination and services. >> establish in our children, our city collaborative which
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is, i'm sorry which refers to having dedicated staff to support the effort. and align our planning cycle to the city's children outcome and ensure data and information sharing across city. community voice is important to us as we know it is to all supervisors who particularly demonstrate in conversation in designing the system with our children with the family at the center as well as ensuring that we are holding the system accountable towards the results. we want to engage our community in providing feedback for these policy recommendations. there are still lots of work that we need to do. lots of conversations that still needs
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to happen. and am open and welcome the feedback that you have. i also want to acknowledge that our vbo's have done a tremendous amount of work on this and member of our community will be here to share with you the work that they do and i appreciate the conversation and at times i can imagine very fears conversations they are having about a topic that are very near and dear to them and i appreciate they have spent the at last 2 years in having these conversations and staying committed and dedicated to ensure that we will continue tools -- to work together to ensure we will continue to have funding. >>supervisor mark farrell: thank you so much for all of
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your work, you and superintendant carranza. i want to commend you both. being the leaders, thank you for being part of that and for all of your efforts. everything you said completely resonates with me. in last year's budget, but certainly here in this committee really as we start to think about, well, what do you offer and we had a debate around homeless services. it's difficult to navigate to have from a wholesome perspective and now we are talking about children's services and to
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have a concept about collaboration and to me it's critical. i think it's better in whatever form it does in a final language and i believe that is critical and we have so many great programs. but, to me your comments and what i couldn't agree more with is that we need to have a common out sets and goals. ultimately it's about the kids. it's a cliche, but we need to do this and the need to communicate with parents is so important. for me this is exciting to watch this process unfold. i really want to thank you both for your efforts. it's not unnoticed at all and i know it's hard and challenging and thank you for all that you are doing. supervisor breed? >>supervisor london breed:
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thank you. it's a long time coming. the collaboration part really i'm going to take credit for the fact that district 5 started all of the collaboration way back when sadly we had too many of our kids that were lost to gun violence. we felt a need to come together as a community to work together with the police and with all the entities that were receiving funding to support this particular population. which brings me to the only concern about i have about this whole process, the only concern about everything we are doing, we talk about kids, programs, schools, challenges and we need to continue in this direction, there is no question. the common question, disproportionately, the african american boys are the ones that are truant and
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ending up in jail and victims of homicide on our street in san francisco. and clearly something is not working in this city and unfortunately it is a problem throughout the country, but in san francisco, we have the ability to do something about it. we are so very organized. we have these incredible programs, but we are not, i believe looking at this the way that we need to to address this particular problem. we have to put it on the table. we have to be clear that we are talking about african american boys in particular because the numbers demonstrate clearly that we as a city are failing that particular population. which means we have to take a different approach. we can't camouflage it by saying diversity or camouflage it by saying we are working on this program for these kids that is right challenged or what have you. we have to put it on the
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table. something is wrong and we have to make the appropriate changes to address it. i'm asking as a member of the board of supervisors for us to put our minds together to work on that process so we can wrap our hands around this particular population like never before. when i was growing up in san francisco and i know folks are probably tired of hearing me saying that. i went to public school, i lived in public housing and i watched around as i moved on an succeeded and everyone around me either ended up in jail or dead or in so many different situations and it breaks my heart that i'm still seeing my friends kids and now their grandkids end up in that situation. we have a problem when these kids end up in our public schools. we have to make sure we keep that captive audience. i know someone came
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knocking on the door when we didn't go to school. we need to deal with this situation especially because we are going to be collaborating on services and we have all of these stakeholders and we actively engage and we have an incredible plan but it gives us also room to think outside of the box and add an additional plan that is going to change the lives of these particular individuals. this is what i care about the most. and of course this is where it's at, if we lose them in our school, we lose them in our city and we have to be sure to provide the resources necessary to protect them, encourage them and help them grow and we especially have to see that we are in the business community and to link the business communities in our school is something we have to do for a long time. i know we are doing it with
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galileo high school and the building trades and other industries and they are starting to go to i aida b wells. how can we do something to have something for them to look forward to. i didn't know anything about college until someone came to talk to me. and i thought i could never get into uc davis and the teachers told me you can and they made it possible. i think we need to give them what they need to succeed for this process because especially to increase the amount of revenue that we are generating to help our young people, i don't want to see it go to waste. i want to see it used in an effective manner in their lives. i want to thank you both as leaders
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to think outside the box and move forward in our city and collaborate and continue to work to make our lives better in san francisco, yes, we have made progress, but there is still a lot of work to be done. >>supervisor mark farrell: thank you supervisor breed. supervisor yee? >> >>supervisor norman yee: thank you superintendant carranza for your presentation. well, maybe some of the older folks know that i have been involved with this whether it's a children's fund or renewal and somewhere along the line i have been involved and i have seen the evolution of these funds and what this has brought us. and because i have seen it, i also see the possibilities in terms of how we can improve. so, the
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groups that have been discussing this, not only with ococ but the community groups and c pack and so forth and other groups that may have discussed this, i really appreciate it because every effort that i have heard and seen benefits this whole properties. sometimes it seems unconnected but people say, what is the connection here? yet, when i listen to each presentation i say well, it's all connected one way or another. i really appreciate this whole idea of alignment coordination and shared goals. it's something that eye -- i have been thinking about for years and i appreciate supervisor breed's comments about who are we targeting, how can we
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leverage more. all of these things i have seen. thank goodness while i was on the school board for 8 years we moved into equity lens in the last six 6 years and the issues that supervisor breed has discussed was a common discussion we had on the school board and it continues to be that way. the frustration for me was this always had the separation between the schools and whatever else happens in the city. this example when i took on the whole issue of early chronic absenteeism. what it means that a lot of kids were missing school. they may not be truant in a very defined way but they were missing over 10 percent of their school days throughout the years. they started in kindergarten. the stereotype is kids cut
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school maybe in high school or middle school, but the worst were in kindergarten and first and second grade. these are kids that will cut school when they get older and these are kids that are dropping out of school. this is a definite relationship. so i was trying to have a school district take it on. my argument was that we do in this school district they do some things they do very well, not everything. there are some things that the cbo's do very well, not everything. one of the things that cbo's do well is they connected with the families really well and the families trust them because they don't feel they necessarily a part of the establishment. when i was trying to get them to work together,


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